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Roger Daltery doesn't fear death

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Roger Daltery doesn't fear death

Roger Daltrey doesn't worry about dying despite having many fallen friends.

The 72-year-old lead singer of The Who was honoured with The Music Industry Trust Award at London's Grosvenor House on Monday (07.11.16) where he said he doesn't lose sleep over the fact he could die soon, despite music legends including David Bowie and Prince passing away this year.

He told The Sun newspaper: "I don't worry about that - that's just life. It might be me next year."

The 'Pinball Wizard' hitmaker was presented with the accolade - to recognise his charity work for the Teenage Cancer Trust and music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins - by former 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson, who used his speech to say how much he thinks the legendary rocker should get a knighthood.

Speaking at the star-studded bash, he said: "They've given knighthoods to Philip Green, Fred The Shred, Jimmy Saville, then Roger's sitting down there with a CBE. I mean come on?"

Whilst on stage accepting his award, Daltrey dedicated the accolade to his living and dead Who bandmates, Pete Townshend and the late John Entwislte and Keith Moon, and praised the charities he works with.

He said: "I got lucky. I found John Entwistle. I found Pete Townsend. I don't know if it was lucky but I found Keith Moon!

"The Teenage Cancer Trust not only helps teenagers; it also helps parents. And it takes so much work to maintain where we are with Nordoff Robbins."

It comes after Daltrey said he "didn't want to live" during his meningitis battle.

The 'My Generation' star fell desperately ill with the infection in 2015, leading to him cancelling a series of planned appearances, and he admitted he was convinced he would not survive his health struggles.

Speaking before The Who's performance at Desert Trip Festival in October, he explained: "I can't believe I am going to be there if I am honest.

"A year ago, I was literally at death's door. I had meningitis. It was no f***ing joke, it was serious.

"For a couple of days, I really thought I was going to die. I gave up.

"I didn't want to live, it was so painful. It was horrible. Nothing worked and it was agony."